Microsoft builds “Athena” in-house AI chip

Microsoft is building its own artificial intelligence (AI) chip for use with language models, according to a report in The Information on April 18th.

That report indicates that Microsoft has been developing its in-house chip, codenamed “Athena,” since at least 2019. The tech giant intends to make Athena work better and be available at a lower cost than externally produced options. . .

The chips are reportedly available for testing among select Microsoft employees and open AI — the latter of which is the creator of ChatGPT. Microsoft has invested billions of dollars in OpenAI, resulting in a working relationship between the two companies.

Microsoft has not officially announced the chip. Instead, the Information cites two people who know the product as its source.

The Information noted that other big tech companies, including Amazon, Google and Facebook, already produce their own in-house AI chips.

The news comes shortly after Tesla and Twitter CEO Elon Musk revealed plans to develop a chatbot called truthGPT and filed documents to establish a company called X.AI.

The charge Microsoft builds “Athena” internal AI chip first appeared in CryptoSlate.

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